KEITH BRAMICH makes a return visit to
Jacky Wong's Hornton Chamber Orchestra
Since much can change in twelve months, it was interesting to make a return visit, exactly a year later, to hear Jacky Wong's greatly expanded Hornton Chamber Orchestra, featuring students from London's conservatoires, on 31 January 2016. Since last year's concert [Modest Forces?, 3 Feb 2015], this young Hong Kong-born musician had managed to persuade the powers that be to let him use Duke's Hall at London's Royal Academy of Music, allowing him to assemble an orchestra at least double the size of that I heard at the end of January 2015 — and to play in an acoustic much preferable, at least to my ear, to that of the parish church across the road.
The first of the two works on the programme was Haydn's 1792 Sinfonia Concertante in B flat, H I/105, with four excellent female soloists — Maria Flores on violin, taking much of the limelight, especially in the outer movements, Jingzhuo Zhang, cello, Rebecca Woodward, oboe and a creamy bassoon sound from Alice Quayle...
Copyright © 8 February 2016